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volition

Philosophy an act of will as distinguished from the physical movement it intends to bring about
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"An outside observer, unable to perceive the accompanying consciousness, might be wholly at a loss to discriminate between the automatic acts and those which volition escorted.
He claimed that he was impelled, rather than drawn by his own volition, to journey as he did, and that he traversed the world like the locomotive, which does not direct itself, but is guided and directed by the track it runs on.
That it had gone of its own volition to bring the balance of the pack to his rescue, Tarzan could not doubt.
At any rate, the situation went from bad to worse so rapidly that I should soon, of my own volition, have left home.
And he did it without volition. He never intended to do it.
He had discovered that it was different from the other walls long before he had any thoughts of his own, any conscious volitions. It had been an irresistible attraction before ever his eyes opened and looked upon it.
They chose of their own stupid volition to proceed through areas where pirates were operating, against sound advice, and then bleat and whinge when they are captured.
Not surprisingly, they all talked about the things that they wanted to do out of their volition. What is most exciting is that several of them are already doing those things even in their current roles, which is a hallmark of great leadership.
Immigration minister Damian Green is now offering bogus asylum seekers, who are prepared to leave of their own volition, the chance to return in two years and play the system all over again as opposed to the present five-year rule.
READER May, from Motherwell, is worried that Britain and the US will "poke their noses" into Egypt's affairs now that Hosni Mubarak has been deposed, but I worry that if Egypt is left to its own volition we may see the rise of another Iran.
"As it says in the Q&A, Mr Thompson reported the death of his own volition, and GBGB certainly would not intend that trainers suffer financially when they act responsibly." The Q&A in full: Why has the GBGB suddenly quarantined this trainer's kennels?
"Abdul Manan has joined the government of his own volition and we welcome him," Baidar said, the elders had earlier informed them of the commander's desire to renounce militancy.